As School Governors at St Peter's C.E. Primary School we bring perspectives and experience from our life and work. Our task is to strive for excellence in the care and education of all children at the school. All School Governors volunteer their time to work in partnership with the Headteacher. Together we oversee the strategic development of the school with a common goal: to provide a high standard of education for all pupils, whatever their ability and needs. Let us introduce ourselves:
Fred Kershaw – Chair of Governors [Foundation]:
I have recently been appointed as a governor and was elected as Chair at the Governing Board in April 2021. I am currently chair of governors at Blackburn St Matthews Church of England Primary School with Brunel Nursery and Blackburn St Luke & St Philips Primary a Church of England Academy. Education is one of the most important ingredients to a happy, successful and constructive life. In fact, having access to a good education during childhood and early adulthood can make a real difference in later life. This is why I am a governor so that young people have the opportunity to receive a life changing experience through teaching and learning, which develops their creativity, which is the key to success in the future.
Prior to retirement in 2015 I was Deputy Director of Education at Blackburn Church of England Diocese, a position I held for 15 years, my main responsibility being for school buildings, for 2.5 years I was Acting Director. I also serve as a Trustee of the Ripley Educational Trust, which is based in Lancaster, I also served for a short time, 3 years on the Board of Cidari Multi Academy Trust. I believe I bring to the Governing Board a wealth of experience in education both at a local and national level. Prior to my time at the Board, I worked in industry in finance as an Account, Divisional Account, finishing as Divisional Financial Director. I then decided on a career change and held the position of Administrator in an independent girls’ school. My skills mix is various from Finance, HR, Legal, Buildings and Safeguarding. I am a committed Christian and currently worship in Preston at North Preston Evangelical Church, and currently hold the position of Designated Person for Safeguarding. I have held numerous positions during my 60 years as a Christian, including Youth leader, Deacon Treasurer, and Elder. I am an active member of Good News for Everyone (Formerly the Gideons) and held the following National positions, Trustee, Vice-President, and President. For a period of 27 years, I served as a Magistrate on the Criminal, Youth and Family panels.
Mrs. V. Weddle [Headteacher]:
I joined the St Peter’s CE Primary School team in January 2005 as a class-teacher and became staff governor as Deputy Headteacher in 2010. In 2014 I became Headteacher and therefore took on a more significant role on the board of Governors. It is my responsibility to communicate on all areas of school life and performance to the governors, both in a formal manner at meetings, and in a more informal way on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.
Prior to qualifying as a teacher in 2004, I had been involved in a local nursery in an office-based role (as well as volunteering with the children). During this time, I was responsible for the nursery accounts and HR. During a period of change in the nursery, I applied for and was successful in a bid for £250,000 of Lottery funding to re-site the nursery in a new building and subsequently project managed the build.
I have also had retail management experience with Marks and Spencer PLC following my graduation in 1988 from Brunel University with a degree in Materials Science and Management.
Miss S.J. Thomas [Staff Governor]:
Several years ago, in 2015, I was appointed as the staff governor of St Peter's and accepted into the full governing body. Since I have been an active member of the committees held, attending meetings on a regular basis in the hope of driving our school forward to becoming the best it can be. As a class teacher and SENDCo within school, I strive to create a learning environment where every child can learn and be happy; preparing every individual for their future, trying to inspire whatever their hopes and dreams may be. This being something I personally feel we do amazingly here at St Peter's. In my years as part of the St Peter's family, it has been fantastic to see the positive impact that the governing body has upon not just our children and staff, but the families and wider community too. I look forward to continuing to work with all members of the St Peter's family, in order to build upon the achievements for each child within our school.
Rev Canon Fleur Green - (Foundation Governor):
I have been vicar of St Peter's church since May 2012 and have during all that time enjoyed coming into school for Collective Worship, for events and meeting with our pupils and staff. I also always enjoy welcoming our children at church for services and feel that we have a strong relationship between church and school. I like cats and chocolate, walking and reading. My faith is obviously very important to me and I enjoy the opportunities I have to teach others about God and Jesus so as they can come to know them too.
Ashley Bloomfield [Local Authority Governor]:
I am committed, passionate and enthusiastic year 6 teacher and computing lead at Lower Darwen Primary school. I inspire and motivate children to embrace the modern world and to become well rounded members of society. I have a strong passion for teaching and ensure that all children are exposed to as many opportunities as possible during primary school. As computing lead, I hope to seamlessly integrate technology well within the school and to deal with tasks in a creative and innovative manner. I have a plethora of expertise that will equip me well to deal with a variety of issues that arise within schools such as: understanding and the implementation of the modern and creative curriculum, being certified Apple teacher gives me to the tools to embed and show the advantages of modern -day technology, BA Hons Law degree allows me to deal well in policies and procedures and a history of working in finance. I look forward to being a fundamental part of St Peters’ governing body and to make a difference to children and the school they are in.
David Wylie [Foundation]:
I have been a Foundation Governor at St Peter's since September 2011. I am married and have two daughters - one currently at St Peter's in year 4 and the other a past pupil who moved on to secondary school in 2013. Myself and my family are regular worshippers at St Peter's Church and have been since we moved into the locality in 2007. Professionally I am employed by Bootstrap Enterprises - a local company with various interests in local community development and social enterprise initiatives. My role within this company is as a Contract Manager with responsibility for the effective delivery of the government's Work Programme across the six boroughs of East Lancashire. Through my employment I am well accustomed to intensive levels of scrutiny and monitoring from the Department for Work and Pensions, national and local government departments and Ofsted. These are clearly skills which transfer into the role of day-to-day governance of a primary school. I remain committed to supporting both the staff and pupils of the school to deliver and benefit from a high-quality primary education.
Laura Duncan [Parent Governor]:
Children spend over 40% of their average week at school; I believe that it is our role as parents to help support our children, their teachers and school in making this time as productive as possible, both in terms of educational and personal development, through a safe, structured and fun learning environment, my decision to run for the post of Parent Governor was a clear way to further enhance my involvement not only in my own child’s development but also for every child in the school.
I joined the governing body in Summer 2014 and was re-appointed after fulling my first term. During my years as a governor my eldest child has completed her primary school journey at St Peters and my youngest is currently in year 3.
I own my own business based in Darwen Town Centre and work closely with the local business community to bring new customers into our town. Prior to this, I have historically worked in marketing and product development in local manufacturing businesses and global sourcing companies. Within all these roles I have had to make financial based decisions on a daily basis to maximise profit and return whilst driving strategic direction. I have extensive knowledge of setting and managing budgets and in managing costs down, whilst maintaining the high standards. This is a skill set that I have developed over 20 years and which I now utilise to further enhance and support the St. Peters team, as vice chair and through sub-committees.
I really enjoy being a governor, and part of the St Peters family and am proud of the hard work and commitment of everyone in the school to continually develop and improve the school for the benefit of all the children who attend.
Joanna Fielding [Foundation Governor]:
Over the years St. Peter's School has woven in and out of my Family’s life. My Son Nick started in Reception class almost 30 years ago. My three Grandchildren Evan, Brody and Minnie have been and are currently pupils attending this wonderful school. Edie will hopefully be joining in a few years’ time. My Family have been extremely fortunate to be nurtured at St Peter's with Christian teachings, values, morals and ethos.
As a Foundation Governor I hope to give something back to school, drawing on my life and work experiences. For thirteen years I worked as an Adult Placement Carer for Adults with Learning Difficulties which I thoroughly enjoyed. The most exciting project and experience was setting up a business with my late husband Allan, who was a fantastic artist and teacher. We owned and ran a private art school - the Valley Art Centre in Darwen.
Becky Sumner [Foundation Governor]:
My husband and I, both attended St. Peter’s school (many years ago) and now both of my children have as well. My son left in 2020 to go to St Wilfrid’s and my daughter is currently in year 4, therefore being part of this school is a privilege. My son left St. Peters winning the “contribution to the school community” award and I feel this is how we as a family view the school. I am, as a new governor, willing to support the school in any way that is needed and look forward to the experience I will gain in this position. We are part of the St. Peter’s Church congregation and have been for many years, therefore my Christian values will be shown in my new role.
I have run my own successful business since 2004 and prior to this had experience in 5-star Health Spas and Cruise Liners. Therefore, my knowledge and work experience will help to support the school, staff and children in helping make the right choices for the children of our future.
Ryan Wallace [Parent Governor]
I have 2 children currently at St Peter's with a third who has now moved on to secondary school. I took the opportunity to get involved with St Peter's as a Governor as I believe that in supporting the school, we are supporting our children in their formative years. Our children are our future, and we need to give them all the assistance we can so they can grow up to be successful, healthy, but most of all, happy!
I work as a Building Information Modelling manager for a large construction company and meet many challenges in my working life. I have been involved in the design and build of many large construction projects around the country such as schools, hospitals, data centres and research facilities. It is my hope that I can bring some of my experience to the Governor role and support the school in any way I can.
I have lived in Darwen most of my life and attended St Peters myself. It would be very rewarding If I could do my part to help give the next generation some of the wonderful memories I have of the school and of St Peter's church.
Margaret Massey [Foundation Governor]
This is my first year as a Governor. I regularly attend St Peter's Church, am a member of the PCC and volunteer at the Mother and Toddler Group. I was a registered child minder for 7 years and helped to set up and run a playgroup in the Whitehall area, before my youngest son became a pupil at St Peter's. I hold strong beliefs in the importance of Christian values being instilled in our children and look forward to actively meeting them in school and at church services. I am qualified at post graduate level and my career was in Financial Services at senior management level. My last post was as General Manager for our local Credit Union, and I maintain this connection as Vice Chair and voluntary Compliance Manager in my retirement. I have worked across wide-spread communities and schools in BWD, which has given me an in depth understanding of the challenges many face living in disadvantaged, multi-cultural communities, or on the margins of society. My skills cover all areas of office management, staff training, government legislation, finance, budgets, accounting, funding streams, monitoring and evaluation. I hope some of these skills can be utilised by the Board of Governors and school, to help build on the strong foundations that already exist at St Peter's.